The Hill reports:
President Trump has reportedly told House Intelligence Committee chair Rep. Devin Nunes that he is unable to approve the release of the Democratic countermemo to Nunes’ surveillance memo, according to Bloomberg.
Nunes’ memo was released publicly last week after weeks of public battle between committee Republicans and Democrats. The memo accuses FBI and Justice Department officials of abusing a surveillance program to unfairly target the Trump campaign.
Democrats on the committee, led by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), prepared this memo to provide a rebuttal to the GOP memo. The committee voted Monday to make the memo public, pending Trump’s approval.
On Friday night, just as Olympics opening ceremony is airing, WH announces Trump won’t allow release of Dem memo rebutting GOP allegations on FBI. Says DOJ will offer “technical assistance” to House Intel before release. Question is if House will override Trump, which is unlikely
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) February 10, 2018
Trump released the Nunes memo despite the DOJ expressing “grave concerns” and stating that its release would be “extraordinarily reckless.”
But now he won’t declassify the Democratic memo because it needs changes before it can be released.
— Caroline O. (@RVAwonk) February 10, 2018
Okay so to review news THIS EVENING:
• #3 at DoJ is departing
• 2nd White House aide resigns over domestic violence allegations
• Trump won’t approve release of Dem memo
• US spies paid $100k to “shadowy Russian” per NYT
— Daniel (@DanielStrauss4) February 10, 2018